Hawai’i Pacific University Recognized for Diversity in The Wall Street Journal and The Chronicle of Higher Education

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Hawai‘i Pacific University (HPU) was recognized by two leading publications for the university’s diverse student body. The Wall Street Journal listed HPU as one of the top colleges in the West for diversity; likewise, HPU was honored as the most diverse nonprofit institution in the United States by The Chronicle of Higher Education.

“Diversity in education continues to be a large factor for students heading to college, and Hawai‘i Pacific University is proud to attract students from all 50 states and over 60 countries worldwide,” said Greg Grauman, vice president of enrollment management at HPU. “Our student body reflects the vast demographic landscape of our state, country, and the world.”

As the largest newspaper in the U.S. by circulation and the recipient of numerous awards, including 39 Pulitzer Prizes, The Wall Street Journal measures the racial and ethnic mix of both students and faculty, the number of international students enrolled and the number of students from less-fortunate backgrounds.

“Our focus on attracting and enrolling a racially and ethnically diverse class benefits all who attend Hawai‘i Pacific University, as our students regularly work with individuals whose life experiences differ from their own, both inside and outside of the classroom,” adds Grauman. “The diversity an HPU student experiences helps ensure our graduates are better prepared to lead with expanded global awareness.”

The Chronicle of Higher Education is a nine-time finalist for the National Magazine Awards and continues to be the No. 1 source of news, information, and jobs for college and university faculty members and administrators. Based on data collected by the U.S. Department of Education, the Chronicle’s diversity index scores universities on a scale of 0 to 100, measuring the probability that any two students are from different racial or ethnic groups. HPU’s index rating of 84.19 indicates exceptionally high likelihood any two students come from very different cultural, ethnic, or socio-economic backgrounds.